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  1. Welcome to the Forum, Elliot; I'm sure you will find other followers of "big bad" watches here.
  2. Most interesting, Scott. I did instantly wonder about the style/colour of the sweep hand on that watch as well as the garishness, looking even newer than new, so to speak.
  3. That sounds amazing Rog - do show us the results.
  4. That is WEIRD and rather wonderful, Rog. What a great display idea.
  5. Dear @Fik, just an update on the inscription. It would appear that the first part of the inscription is an address on Francuska (France Street) in the old town area of Belgrade. The date of the presentation of the watch then follows, and the bottom line of the inscription (za 10g rada), seems to translate as "for 10 years service" or "for ten years work".
  6. There is plenty of information online about Gruen, so Google away... As to the specific watch, I would say that the most interesting thing about it is the inscription on the caseback which begins in large upper case with the city name "BEOGRAD", the capital of what is now Serbia. Other than that, it is a nice-looking gold-plated dress watch from the early 1960s. As to the movement, I leave discussion of that to those of my colleagues on the Forum who are experts on mechanical watch movements of the period.
  7. Welcome to the Forum. I presume from your short introduction that you are seeking information about the Titus and Titoni watch brands. There is some information online about these two brands; in the case of Titoni, an introduction to the brand is given at: ethoswatches.com/the-watch-guide/titoni-the-brand-story-2/. Note that the Titoni brand started in 1919 under the name of Felco before changing to Felca AG, and lastly Titoni. It can be said that Titoni has a genuine Swiss heritage and remains in the founding Schluep family, based in Grenchen, Switzerland. The Titus name is generally ass
  8. Both of these watches make reference in their design to classic types from the past but I would go with the Rado. It makes its statement boldly whereas the Longines, to me personally, is a bit "mealy-mouthed" as to its real character.
  9. This basic form of ornate dial and hands design frequently occurs on small mechanical clocks and pocket watches which seem to mainly date to the 1970s+. As spinynorman has just indicated, this type of design is found under many brand names, not all of them readily traceable to a particular watch/clock company.
  10. Dear @TonyK31 , I have also had a look online, and have also trawled my book on Swatch by Frank Edwards, all to no avail I'm afraid. I believe that the strap is probably the correct one for the watch - the pale blue leaf motif on the dial matches the yellow leaf motif on the strap in a complementary manner. If the watch is a genuine Swatch then the date of the design will match the date on the dial - the watch would have been a 1990 model. I suggest you contact Swatch themselves and ask them if they have a record of this design and if it ever reached production.
  11. I'd like a little bit more information here, dear Rotundus, and perhaps a couple of pics. Are there Seiko watches that are very similar to their Marine Master models but without the name "Marine Master" on the dials?
  12. Dear @blacksmith, good suggestions from WRENCH but nothing wrong with a Tissot either. Good luck with your first purchase, and remember, personal enjoyment and satisfaction is the name of the game here without going bust.
  13. Just to say that all the "standout" brands/companies you mention produce fine watches within their market sectors.
  14. Many thanks everyone for this most interesting thread.
  15. Welcome to the Forum, dear blacksmith. Your first post is just too much of a mouthful for me to swallow, and I can't honestly answer all your questions. Every watch collector has had their own individual way of getting into the act of buying their first watch and there will always be a risk factor in their choice, which is part of the excitement. You are already half-way there by joining the Forum and I would advise you to lap up the advice that is here all around you from experienced and knowledgable Forum members. On the one hand, it might be wise to hone your short-list down to one or
  16. I see that @nevenbekriev has done some looking for you, and I myself have also looked up the serial number that occurs on your pocket watch movement plate on elginnumbers.com, which also provides a useful summary of information about your watch. That makes a good start to your quest for information. Searching online for information about American pocket watches can be productive, and @spinynormanhas already given you a couple of web addresses concerning the case of your watch. So my advice is, get Googling.
  17. You're right there, Jon, about the "re-selling of each other's products under various brands". It has sometimes made my life as a researcher into watch history a nightmare. Thanks for mentioning the NACAR brand; I'll try and find out more.
  18. Dear Norman@spinynorman, in connection with "Jungfrau" as a brand name, I just wondered if you have looked to see if you can find any useful references to Jungfrau watches other than on Mikrolisk. In particular, there is a cohesive group of watches from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s which have the Jungfrau brand name in script on the dial, and it would be nice to know who was responsible for these watches. I have so far drawn a blank in my searches.
  19. A book just on the subject of Ferranti synchronous clocks, and I was thinking of writing a history of the whole Ferranti organization on seeing your first Ferranti. I'll take a very big rain check on that idea. Good luck with the restoration work on the latest additions to your Ferranti collection.
  20. I promise I will leave this thread alone after making just a couple of observations; I am beginning to regret writing the topic at the head of this thread, which was meant to focus as much on the Donald Blakeslee story as on the Blakeslee Chronograph. With regard to your last post, dear Caller, I do feel that it is unrealistic and somewhat unfair to compare Schofield with Avi-8 in the matter of "full disclosure" of where every watch component comers from. Schofield watches are luxury items costing thousands of pounds, and the market structure is very different to that served by Avi-8, whos
  21. I note that my topic and this thread has brought up some interesting opinions and facts. I will therefore try and deal with some of them. The question of Avi-8's "Britishness" and whether customers are being deceived into thinking that Avi-8 is a British company opens up a murky can of worms that goes far beyond that individual firm and affects many watch brands, including some that many members like and enjoy; note for example the history in relatively recent years of the Dreyfuss Group and the Rotary watch brand. Interestingly, dear @Caller., some time after your 2018 post quoted by you
  22. A watch that is so "generic" in appearance, and plain, there isn't a great deal to talk about, but that may be no disadvantage...
  23. I also admire your handiwork and rather like the clock. What is of special interest to me is the Ferranti name on the clock, representing an amazing company with a British heritage that was in business from 1885 until 1993 when it went bankrupt and was broken up. The Ferranti name is still in use but no longer the title of a major British company.
  24. Dear Caller, please note that I was careful in my topic to state that Avi-8 is a British-based company and not specifically "British". To be honest, I am not particularly fussed that Avi-8 watches come from China and I notice that the Avi-8 website makes no claim to "Britishness" apart from their contact address and, perhaps, the fact that many of their models are/have been commemorative/celebratory of British military aviation history. As a watch collector who is limited in funds, my range of options for new watches would be drastically curtailed if I was churlish enough to reject Chin
  25. New York Times portrait of Donald "Don" Blakeslee (pic from static01.nyt.com): Avi-8 is a British-based watch company that specializes in watches that appeal strongly to aviation enthusiasts, with designs that are peppered with allusions to famous and historical planes. The example we are looking at here is the newly launched Avi-8 P-51 Mustang Blakeslee Chronograph, and this model pays tribute not only to the Mustang itself but also to one of the great fighter aces of World War Two - the American pilot Donald Blakeslee. Given that the watch is inspired by, and n
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